New Line Cinema | Release Date: August 18, 2000 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
40
METASCORE
Mixed or average reviews based on 32 Critics
Positive:
8
Mixed:
12
Negative:
12
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83
Something of an unforgettable experience.
70
Tarsem uses the dramatically shallow plot to create a dream world densely packed with images of beauty and terror that cling to the memory even if you don't want them to.
63
Has its effectively nasty, chilling moments -- and it also brings body piercing to new heights of ickiness.
63
The Cell is eye candy - but it could give your brain a bad case of indigestion.
63
Many of the film's images will prove more than some viewers can take.
63
Impresses more than it entertains.
60
Repetitive, aimless, and as frustrating as you'd imagine any two-hour music video to be.
50
A high-tech freak show, a gallery of grotesqueries that are fascinating and repellent.
50
Generic variation on the overworked serial-killer genre.
50
A must-see movie, simply for its awe-inspiring production values, but you'll feel nothing but punished by Tarsem's ghoulish parade of images.
38
There's so little action or suspense that this Cell isn't too likely to multiply itself into a sequel.